Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another windy week here in Islamorada as this front came through and made things a bit challenging. The good news is that the weekend is shaping up to look beautiful, and the fishing has been pretty darn good! The offshore report this week has had some great catches of Mahi in it, as well as Blackfin Tuna. Early in the week was a little tough, but as the winds picked up, even with the Southwest wind, the fishing picked up. Not incredibly surprising I don’t guess, but if you could make it through the seas, you were gonna catch some fish! The even better part was that the fish were in relatively close, the Mahi that is, and no one had to go outside of 650′ or so to catch some fish. The Tunas were on the humps pretty steady, and there were some nicer fish in along the deep edge of the reef as well. The wreck and deeper live bottom this week has been excellent as well! The Mutton Snappers have been chewing in depths of 165′ to 230′, at least until Thursday as the current started smoking to the Southwest making drifting or anchoring really tough. Some super nice fish though through Wednesday as we caught several fish in the 14-16 pound class, and some nice Groupers as well. Still some King Mackerel lurking around this week in these areas, as well as a few decent Wahoo in the 20-30 pound class, so don’t be afraid to put out a live bait on some wire. The reef fishing is still on fire with the Yellowtails going full blast. Even some Permit left on the wrecks enjoying a bit of a late spawning season, so the reef is solid. Should be a great weekend all the way around! Happy Memorial day everyone, and please be safe!
Capt. James Chappell